Hi! I’ve just joined and hope to find and share knowledge about collecting silver. I’ve been collecting about five years and had a great deal of fun and learned a great deal of history in the mix. I do have a question right off though, I recently picked up a Japanese silver bowl at a yard sale and am having a bit of trouble figuring out the marks. It is a shallow, single footed, plain bowl. It looks similar to several presentation bowls I’ve seen on the web and in the bowl itself has the paulowinia (“go-shichi-no-kiri” the official seal of the Japanese Prime Minister) done in gold leaf. When I first saw it I expected to find the “jun jin” marks on the bottom, but instead there were five Kanji characters inside the foot instead. I am unable to post pictures as my camera won’t take pictures with as small a resolution as required here. My digital editor “DigiKam” wont reduce either. Is there a website anyone knows one can go to to see Japanese hallmarks other than the standards (jun jin or 950, ect). Perhaps a list of silversmiths? I’ve been surprised how difficult it has been to get a translation of the marks. I’ve spoken to universities, antiquities dealers, and been rebuffed by all. Any assistance I could get would be greatly appreciated.